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Have a Heart: The Valentine’s Day Chocolate Box Auction

January 22 2015

In a heartwarming chocolate-themed event for charity, a glittering array of chefs have signed up to create glorious, exclusive Valentine’s Day chocolate boxes which will be sold in an eBay auction in order to raise money for Galvin’s Chance. The impressive line-up of chefs  includes such legendary figures as Michel Roux Jnr of Le Gavroche, Raymond Blanc of Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Jamie Oliver,  Simon Rogan of Fera and […]

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The Chocolate of Montecristi: A taste of Ecuador

January 14 2015

Historically, cacao – which grows  in the world’s tropical regions – has been transformed into chocolate outside its country of origin, often in Europe or North America. Excitingly, the world of chocolate is seeing a new movement manifest itself, with countries of origin transforming their own cacao into chocolate.  Companies such as the Grenada Chocolate Company (founded on the island of Grenada by the visionary Mott Green working with local […]

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Review: Rococo Spice Island Dark Chocolate Artisan Bar

January 7 2015

Never mind Spice Island – if you’re unaware of the enormous contribution to the chocolate industry made by Chantal Coady, founder of Rococo, over the past quarter of a century, you must have been on a desert island far, far away. Recently honoured with an OBE for her efforts (uniquely, ‘for services to chocolate making’), Coady has not only succeeded in building her highly acclaimed chocolate empire from scratch in […]

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Competition: Win Will Torrent’s new book, Chocolate at Home

December 16 2014

Here’s a chance to win a copy of Will Torrent’s splendid new book, Chocolate at Home. The book, which featured in our round up of recommended ideas for Chocolate Christmas Presents, is beautifully presented and includes recipes for delights such as treats such as Salted Brown Sugar Caramel Truffles, Billionaire’s Shortbread and Chocolate Waffles. To win a copy of Chocolate at Home, published by Ryland, Peters & Small, simply answer […]

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Festive Chocolate Feasting

December 16 2014

With Christmas and New Year holidays coming up, now is the perfect time to stock up with chocolate treats. Chocolate, of course, is among the pleasures of Christmas, from the foil-wrapped chocolate coins in the toe of the stocking to the chocolate roulade on the sideboard. Nowadays, more than ever, chocolate-lovers are spoilt for choice when it comes to chocolate indulgences to enjoy over the festive season. With those traditional […]

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Choco Christmas Gifts: Present ideas for chocolate lovers this Christmas

December 2 2014

If you’re at a loss at what to buy for presents this Christmas, draw inspiration from the creative world of British chocolate. Gold and silver foil-wrapped chocolate coins are, of course, a Christmas stocking staple but there are is a wealth of witty chocolate novelties to choose from. Hotel Chocolat offers a Christmas Jumper anyone would be pleased to receive – as it’s in the form of a milk chocolate […]

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